Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Vatican.
Of Vatican News
The vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in the Vatican, which began on Wednesday, continues with both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receiving their first doses of the vaccine.
“I can confirm that as part of the vaccination program in the Vatican City State, as of today, the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and to Pope Emeritus,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office as answers to journalists̵
Pope Francis had announced on Sunday during an interview with Italian television station Tg5 that he planned to receive the vaccine this week.
The pope referred to the vaccination as “an ethical act because you play with your health, you play with your life, but you also play with the lives of others.”
Private Secretary of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Bishop Georg Gaenswein, had also confirmed that Pope Emeritus would be vaccinated.